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City of Charlottesville Code Section 3.2-65 requires that all dogs in the city that are 4 months old and older wear a current dog license. To purchase a tag, the dog owner must present a valid rabies vaccination certificate for the dog along with a completed dog license application. Dogs found on city streets without a valid tag are taken by Animal Control to a shelter where they remain until the owner pays for the vaccination and obtains the proper tag.

Dog tags expire on December 31st of each year. Once a dog tag has been purchased, the dog owner will automatically receive a renewal notice for that dog in early December. Dog tags may be purchased by mail, in the lobby of City Hall, or at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. If the dog's rabies vaccination expires before the new license year begins, a copy of a current vaccination certificate must be submitted with the renewal form.

Lifetime Dog License Flyer



As per City of Charlottesville Code Section 3.2-65,the cost of the Lifetime dog license is $10.


Why do I need a dog license?

According to state code section 3.2-65, all dogs older than 4 months of age are required to have a current rabies vaccination, and purchase a dog license from the locality in which they live. The General Assembly made this decision to help prevent the spread of rabies in Virginia.

What happens once my dog receives a vaccination?

Whenever a vaccination occurs, the veterinarian is required to submit that documentation to your local Treasurer’s Office. If a dog license is not purchased within 90 days, our office will automatically send you a dog license application with instructions on how to purchase a license.

What if my dog’s rabies certificate is expired?

If your rabies certificate is expired, you will not have the option to purchase a renewal license for your dog. Please vaccinate your dog as soon as possible and then contact the Treasurer’s Office for assistance.

Where can I purchase a dog license?

Dog Licenses may be purchased from the City Treasurer’s Office and the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.